Dreamworks Plans To “Shunt” Alex Pettyfer

DreamWorks Pictures has acquired the film rights to Tom Rubython’s biographical novel “Shunt: The Story of James Hunt” reports Deadline.

The project is being designed as a vehicle for rising young actor Alex Pettyfer (“Beastly,” “I Am Number Four”) who’ll play Hunt, the British race car driver who took first place in the 1976 Formula One World Championships and a famous playboy off the track.

He went on to become a commentator for the sport, but died in 1993 after suffering financial and health issues including alcoholism and depression.

The studio is currently seeking writers for this biopic which Pettyfer and John Palermo will produce.